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Best Thing I Read This Summer…

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MDA Library staff favorite picks of the summer:
(Click on linked titles to find MDA Library catalog information.)

Marion – The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens – “Loved it. Dickens always wraps things up and delivers in the end.”

Peggy – Popular: A Memoir by Maya van Wegenen – “Fun.”

Maggie – The Mathematician’s Lament” by Paul Lockhart – a look at how math is taught.

Marge – The Last Algonquin by Theodore L. Kazimiroff

Elena – The Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison – “It spoke to me.”

Diane – Watership Down by Richard Adams – part of her 2015 reading challenge.

Jill – The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan – “Delicious. A vicarious trip to Paris.”

Christine – Sword and Sorceress XXIV by Marion Zimmer Bradley –  “Refreshing to read about strong women who survive in a world of peril and enchantment.”

Anne – Float by Daniel Miyares – “Wordless picture book about adventure, possibility, and perseverance.”

What did you read this summer? Please share in the comments.

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Literati by CREDO Reference


The Mollie Dodd Anderson Library is pleased to announce we have joined with CREDO Reference to provide the Literati database for the George School Community.

Literati is an online aggregator service that searches all of George School Library’s database subscriptions, as well as the MDA Library collection catalog, to provide quick access to accurate, verifiable, and citable reference materials for research papers and projects. The interface is extremely user friendly and includes an option to create an account to save searches for later use. Additionally, Literati provides a number of online tools for getting started with research projects, topic selection, and brainstorming, as well as an online dictionary, a searchable image database, and citation assistance.

CREDO Literati can be accessed via the Library Gateway under the heading “Databases.”

Library Director Marion Wells will be using Literati as a basis for research instruction throughout the year. The George School community is welcome to come to the MDA Library for a demonstration. Self-guided interactive tutorials are also available on the Literati home page.



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What’s on Your Shelf? A Reading Interview with Joelle Sanphy

Joelle's shelfie.

Joelle’s “Shelfie”

Please welcome Renaissance-woman, Substitute Teacher, and Library Assistant, Joelle Sanphy ’08 to the blog this week. (Interested in checking out a book Joelle mentions here? Linked titles will take you to the MDA Library Catalog record.) Continue reading

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Notes from the Library: New Books

In celebration of National Poetry Month please check out these new poetic titles available in the MDA Library:

How I Discovered Poetry
by Marilyn Nelson
How I Discovered Poetry

2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
2015 ALA Notable Children’s Book

Marilyn Nelson, a National Book Award Finalist, recipient of the Robert Frost Medal, and Newbery Medal of Honor tells the story of her childhood in the 1950’s through fifty poems about race, the Civil Rights Movement, the beginnings of the feminist movement, and her own personal development as a young woman and artist. (To find this book in the MDA catalog click here.) Continue reading

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Nagini’s Chew Toys Wins at Reading Olympics

Reading Olympics Team 2015

Congratulations to the fourteen members of George School Reading Olympics Team, “Nagini’s Chew Toys,” for their blue ribbon finish at last week’s Buck County Reading Olympics.


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What’s On Your Shelf? A Reading Interview with Pat Renshall

Please welcome GS Science teacher Pat Renshall to the blog. Thank you Pat for sharing your reading habits and interests with our community.

Do you enjoy reading? Why or why not?
Absolutely.  It’s a way of experiencing impossible things, seeing unlikely places, engaging with challenging and unpleasant or delightful people, learning about cultures and points of view – and all without leaving your chair. Continue reading

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What’s On Your Shelf? An Interview with Librarian Marion Wells


March is National Reading Month and the George School librarians encourage everyone to check out a book during spring break.

Want a little reading inspiration? Here is what George School librarian Marion Wells tells us about her reading interests and habits:

Do you enjoy reading? Why or why not?

I love to read and am so grateful that I have the capability to read. Reading informs me about the world around me and helps me to navigate life. The National Center for Education Statistics conducted a survey in 2003 to assess the literacy rates of adults (anyone over the age of 16 and living in households or prisons) and one of the findings indicated that 30 million people function below a basic literacy level, meaning, among other things, they have difficulties reading the newspaper. This is a significant problem in our country that needs to be changed through education and social welfare advocacy. Reading is a basic right, which should not be seen as a privilege. Continue reading

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Notes from the Library: New Nonfiction

Here are just a few of the exciting new nonfiction titles available at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library:

The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789
by Edward J. Larson
Return of George Washington
A look at the often over-looked fourteen years between George Washington’s retirement as the Commander of the Continental Army and his return to Washington to lead the Constitutional Convention and eventually serve as the country’s first president. Continue reading

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The Passenger Pigeon Returns


by Anne McKernan, George School library assistant and Dave Long, George School archivist

The MDA Library Passenger Pigeon has returned home. Fully cleaned and restored, it is now on display in the library.

Dave offers a little background and information about this rare specimen:

Two thousand fourteen marked the centennial of the death of Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), who died in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914 at the age of about 24 years old.

The Passenger Pigeon displayed at in the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library is the most valuable and unique specimen in the George School Science Department’s small collection of mounted bird specimens. Continue reading

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Warm Up with a Good Book

20150119_083412by Anne McKernan, George School librarian

Mollie Dodd Anderson Library is joining George School Voices as a regular contributor.

Looking for a good book? Come on down and check out one of our new acquisitions. Don’t see anything you like? Ask us!! We will help you find something and will even consider ordering your suggestions.

Don’t think you’re a reader? Reading outside of classwork has amazing life benefits and is a great way to prepare for the SAT. Try it.

To get you started on a reading kick, here are ten brand new fiction titles available to be checked out in the library:

Channel Blue by Jay Martel
Channel Blue

Alien Execs are planning a disastrous finale to their Big Brother style show, in which earth is the star. Only one man can save our planet, and he’s hardly a likely hero.

Yuqui Delgadeo Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Yaqui Delgado

Winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award, the book tells the story of a Latina teen who is targeted by a bully at her new school and must discover resources she never knew she had. Continue reading

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